8/25/20 San Francisco Ca - The San Francisco Giants (14-16) hosted the 1st place Los Angeles Dodgers (22-8) at Oracle Park, and beat the Dodgers in a thriller 10-8. Both teams entered the contest with hot-hitting and win streaks (Giants 6, Dodgers 4).
The Dodgers' pitcher Julio Urias (2.74 ERA) was favored to win tonight with Los Angeles averaging more runs per game (5.70) than any other team in the league. The Giants have the league's 3rd best run production at home (6.29) and pitcher Johnny Cueto's (4.35 ERA) funky windup could present a challenge for the Dodgers.
The Dodger Mookie Betts entered the contest batting .300 and a serious threat to steal bases. However, the Giants held Betts in check for the evening (1-6, 2 strikeouts).
After 4 hours and 22 minutes, the Giants proved victorious in the bottom of the 11th inning after a 2-run home run by Donovan Solano. The Giants came back on 4 separate occasions to tie the ballgame. Brandon Belt provided 2 home runs, 1 double and a walk to keep the Giants in the game. After the game, Belt stated, “we are a pretty good matchup for the Dodgers… we look forward to keeping it going.”
The Dodgers got scoring via the long ball as well. Dodger Max Muncy had a 3 run home run in the1st inning. They also manufactured 3 more runs (home run by Corey Seager, wild pitch by Cueto, RBI double by Joc Pederson in the 3rd and took a 6-3 lead.
In the bottom of the 9th with a 6-5 lead, the Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen (917 strikeouts) gave up a home run over the right-center-field wall to Belt to tie the game 6-6.
In 2020, MLB implemented a new rule for extra innings. Now, the teams start with a runner on 2nd base. In the top of the 10th, Dodgers had runners on 1st and 2nd. After a pitch in the dirt, catcher Joey Bart made an errant throw into left field and the Dodgers took a 7-6 lead. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th, Giant Mauricio Dubon got an infield hit to tie the game 7-7.
The Dodgers Justin Turner in the top of the 11th with two outs squibbed a ball to the 1st base side. First baseman Belt dove and attempted to apply the tag, but Turner hurdled over Belt and made it to 1st base to record the RBI that gave the Dodgers a 8-7 lead.
Giant Evan Longoria tied the game 8-8 with a single that scored Mike Yastrzemski. Donovan Solano walk-off homerun with Longoria on base gave the Giants a 10-8 victory in a thriller over the Dodgers.
Both managers wanted this win badly and went deep into their bullpen. The Giants used 9 pitchers and the Dodgers used 8. The Giants have taken the 1st of the 3 games series over the Dodgers and continue to be the hottest hitting team in the league.
After the game, Giant's Manager Gabe Kapler commended his team for its fortitude and stated that Brandon’s power is coming along, even when he is not hitting home runs. For more photos from this classic battle between the Giants and the Dodgers, click on the link at the bottom. All the photos are by Denisha DeLane/T.G.Sportstv1. #mlb #giants #dodgers #johnnycueto #maxmuncy #evanlongoria #blackmediamatters #tgsportstv1 #baseball